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Periodic Table of Fashion

Periodic Table of Fashion

Just the thought of looking at the periodic table makes us cringe because of everything that has to be remembered. But thinking about how it has helped us know so much information by just looking at it, gives us some sense of relief. So, thinking about it that way, periodic tables aren’t a confusing problem—they’re a helpful problem-solver.

What if we make things interesting and give the periodic table a fashion-forward twist? Sounds crazy, right?

Well, we recently came across this really amazing periodic table by Sophie and Trey that every style enthusiast would love. The best part about this table is that it has everything you need to rid you from your everyday dressing woes, from color tones belonging from every category like jewel, neutral, bright and soft, to fashion articles to help you decide what goes well with what and how to accessorize your complete look. It’s more like your virtual closet that answers the most important question that you don’t normally get an easy answer for: “What should I wear today?”

Periodic table of fashion
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    With the help of this table, we decided to put you out of your sartorial misery and help you with deciding how you can dress yourself on a daily basis while keeping yourself connected with the trends. Well, they say you aren’t completely dressed until you wear the right accessories, so why don’t we see how these everyday outfits can be matched with the right accessories (by the way, they don’t actually say that, but you need accessories to complete your look along with smile, so why not).

    The essential fashion equation

    Yes, there’s an easy equation for this. If you have the essentials sorted, the rest is a piece of cake. You can pair your favorite top with your least favorite bottom, go with an all-black everything look and can also accessorize a rather casual outfit, making it look fancy. So, let’s give you the equation:

    Basic + Dressy + Fixer + Accessories   =  Your Wardrobe for Every day

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    Now that you have a clear equation, let’s work on unlocking this achievement of dressing up flawlessly every day without much effort.

    1. Begin with the basics

    Your basic section of the wardrobe is usually based on neutral colors and staples pieces. If you take a look at the table, a number of ideas to adorn your basic clothing needs will start popping in your head. A basic top in ivory, pencil skirt in charcoal grey accessorized with an ink blue pair of pointed toe heels and a satchel or messenger will make up for an effortless work look. If you are looking for a more exuberant look for your everyday needs, build your basic wardrobe with a mix of bright and neutral or bright and soft tones.

    What you’ll need

    • Basic tops and blouses
    • Sweat shirts
    • Tees
    • Pencil skirts
    • Maxi skirts
    • Culottes
    • Tailored pants
    • Cropped pants
    • A pair of dark washed and light washed jeans

    Trend alert

    Casual and minimal is actually the new black for this season. However, the rule has a stylish shift to it: the simpler the outfit, the dressier the accessories. However, for an everyday look, keep it subtle, without making anything look out of proportion. The table has all the right accessories for you to pick from. Keeping up with trends, the basic white button down is definitely a thing because the runways had them all, from shirts, dresses, to coats and jacket. The classic button down surely has elevated its way to the top.

    The pantone colors of this year: serenity and rose quartz can easily be integrated in your basic wardrobe because of their soothing yet versatile appeal. The colors can be worn both formally and casually.

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    2. Deal with dressy

    This is the category where you can be as creative as you want. You can get your hands on colors, prints, textures, patterns, shimmer or just about anything that can easily work as fancy or vivid. For your rather dressier looks, go with jewel and bright tone. If you really need to turn the colors down, then go for pairing them with soft tones. Tangerine, blood orange, cranberry and emerald green are colors that have a quintessential appeal to them and are just the right hues for night and evening wear.

    What you’ll need

    • Dresses
    • Skirts
    • Bold prints
    • Sequins
    • Fringes
    • Maxi Dresses
    • LBDs
    • LWDs
    • Skirts
    • Gowns
    • Slip dresses

    Trend alert

    There still is a love affair with the 70s going on in the fashion world. Designers for the season were particularly interested in incorporating the 90s and 70s with some modern alteration in their creations. Voluminous ruffles, Victorian and English floral prints, puffy sleeves, cropped details, fringed sequins, and the return of the slip dress all indicates that there is some serious 70s renaissance is happening.

    Make sure you have some romantic floral prints and dresses with bold stripes and solid color play hanging in your dressier section of the closet. Oh, and you may have not noticed but silk PJs with boisterous prints are now worn formally. So, if you really are going to go with the trends, choose the accessories and tones from the periodic table and invest in some glamorous silk PJs. A Spanish spin to prints and cuts was witnessed as a key trend on the runways; you can wear the trend through Spanish-looking prints in your dresses.

    For all the good reasons, off-the-shoulder outfits managed to stay in vogue for the season. So, if you catch your eyes on a ruffled off-the-shoulder top, get that!

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    3. Fix it up with the fixers

    The fixers are more like completers—the cherry on top. Don’t you always need a layer, a spring jacket, a cardigan or a belt to finish off the outfit details? Well, that’s what this little section of your wardrobe will be based on. You would not need much to add to this part but make sure you choose the right colors so that one fixer can work well with a number of outfits.

    What you’ll need

    • A light spring jacket
    • Simple pretty cardigan
    • Chunky belts
    • Scarves

    Trend Alert

    You will be surprised, but jackets and cardigans are still going strong in spring. In fact, they will be gracing the streets this year, more than ever. Why? Because that’s what we’re seeing in fashion shows and on runways. Jackets, sweatshirts, oversized hoodies will be all you need—yes, you can leave your pants at home. Pair them with knee-high boots and stockings to give your legs some cover. As for belts, they are the ultimate fixer and your friend in sartorial needs.

    4. Accessorize for perfection

    Your style equation is never complete without the right shoes, jewelry and bags. So, carefully plan this portion according to the table. You have a number of neutral and bright colors to pick your shoes and bags from. Take a look at the accessories in the periodic table, and you’ll know what you need for your day-to-day outfits.

    What you’ll need

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    • Bags
    • Clutches
    • Heels
    • Chunky sandals
    • Flats
    • Watch
    • Statement earrings and necklaces
    • Delicate ear studs and necklaces

    Trend Alert

    The trends in accessories are more or less the same; shoes get sequined embellishment stone details. However, the more chunky they are, the trendier. Thankfully, we’re still not being too hard on ourselves and going for more flats than heels. As for bags, invest in a chic half-moon bag and some bold colored bags with funky details. The jewelry has a standout element, but they are not heavy on the wearer, so you are free to wear those statement earrings and on a regular day; nothing’s better than a statement watch and delicate jewelry.

    Stay stylish divas, and get the table printed and pated on your wardrobe to minimize the struggle.

    Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette

    Featured photo credit: Sophie and Trey via sophieandtrey.com

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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